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How to React to a License Suspension or Revocation in Illinois 

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How to React to a License Suspension or Revocation in Illinois There are a number of traffic violations that can result in loss of driving privileges in Illinois. From aggravated speeding or reckless driving charges to a charge of driving under the influence, it is important to understand how to react to a traffic violation. Having your driver's license suspended or revoked can significantly impact your livelihood. In the event of a DUI conviction, the likelihood of revocation of some length is very high. If you face charges for driving under the influence, speak with a quality attorney right away. 

Driving Permit Options 

According to Illinois state law, a first-time DUI offender faces an automatic minimum license revocation of one full year. Fortunately, a first-time offender can qualify for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. (MDDP). In order to secure an MDDP, a person must install a blood alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) and camera into their vehicle.  

The BAIID will ensure that the person cannot start their vehicle with any traces of alcohol in their system. The camera gives local law enforcement officials the opportunity to view the driver taking part in the breath test. It should be noted that a driver with an MDDP can operate any vehicle with a BAIID and drive to any location. If a person is apprehended while driving a vehicle that is not equipped with a BAIID, they could face substantial fines and potential jail-time.  

In the event of a second or third DUI offense, the impact on your driving privileges will be much more substantial. Not only are you likely to face a minimum license revocation of five years, but you will also only be eligible to receive a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP). An RDP is similar to an MDDP in the manner that it requires a driver to install a BAIID (in the case of two or more alcohol-related traffic violations), but a driver’s activities are much more limited with a restricted permit.  

People driving with an RDP are only allowed to operate vehicles registered in their names. In order to secure an RDP, the applicant must:

  • Submit an alcohol and drug evaluation from a medical professional; and 
  • Appear before a hearing officer within the Secretary of State’s Department of Administrative Hearings. 

Once you obtain an RDP, you will be allowed to drive to and from specific agreed-upon locations, such as the grocery store, your place of work, or your child’s school. 

Contact an Oak Brook DUI Defense Lawyer

When facing DUI charges, it is entirely common to feel like you have nowhere to turn. In all reality, you can face very few drastic changes to your life if you obtain the assistance of a knowledgeable legal professional. At McMahon Law Offices, we are confident in our ability to ensure that you face minimal legal consequences for driving under the influence and may be able to help you avoid a conviction altogether. In the event of a conviction, we would be happy to guide you through the necessary processes to secure a restricted driving permit or monitoring device driving permit. To schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled DuPage County criminal defense attorney, contact us today at 630-953-4400. 



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